PUBG Mobile, 117 more apps banned in India: See the full list here
This new list of 118 apps that have been banned by the Indian goverment include the likes of PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite, Ludo World and Baidu amongst others.
The Indian government has banned 118 more mobile apps today that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of state and public order”.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued a press statement today where it invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act read with the relevant provisions of the IT (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 to block these apps.
The press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked. According to the statement, MeitY has received “many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the statement adds.
Here's the full list of the apps banned:
APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart
CamCard - Business Card Reader
Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team
Cleaner - Phone Booster
Web Browser - Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer
Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-
Kitty Live - Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
APUS Launcher- Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps
PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
Hide App-Hide Application Icon
Web Browser & Fast Explorer
Web Browser - Secure Explorer
Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology)
APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner
CamCard for Salesforce
PUBG MOBILE LITE
Video Player All Format for Android
Music player - Audio Player
Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus
Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
Photo Gallery HD & Editor
Video Player - All Format HD Video Player
Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game
HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream
APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright
Cyber Hunter Lite
Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
Dual Space - Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
Photo Gallery & Album
Lamour Love All Over The World
Z Camera - Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
Little Q Album
Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
VooV Meeting - Tencent Video Conferencing
Knives Out- No rules, just fight!
ZAKZAK Pro - Live chat & video chat online
Music Player - Bass Booster - Free Download
Amour- video chat & call all over the world.
GO SMS Pro - Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji
Fighting Landlords - Free and happy Fighting Landlords
Super Clean - Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster
Super Mecha Champions
ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app
HD Camera - Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
MV Master - Make Your Status Video & Community
U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate
Road of Kings- Endless Glory
Baidu Express Edition
Game of Sultans
Music - Mp3 Player
HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
MV Master - Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
Ulike - Define your selfie in trendy style
Mobile Legends: Pocket
FaceU - Inspire your Beauty
Dawn of Isles
Gallery Vault - Hide Pictures And Videos
Music Player - Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
Music Player - MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
APUS Message Center-Intelligent management
Tantan - Date For Real
VPN for TikTok
ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals
Small Q brush
Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
Smart AppLock (App Protect)
HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers
MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen
Penguin E-sports Live assistant
Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices
Beauty Camera Plus - Sweet Camera & Face Selfie
Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
Onmyoji NetEase Games
Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
Rules of Survival
Parallel Space Lite - Dual App
MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
Creative Destruction NetEase Games
Mafia City Yotta Games
Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
The MeitY press statement adds that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps.
And there have been similar “bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India” the statement mentions adding that there has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of citizens.
MeitY said that on the basis of these warnings and complaints, along with receiving credible inputs that the information posted, permissions sought, functionality embedded as well as data harvesting practices in these apps raise serious concerns that they are collecting and sharing data in a surreptitious manner and compromising on personal data and information of users that can have a severe threat to security of the country.
Use of these apps have been blocked on both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices.
“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the press statement said.
These new list of apps joins the 59 apps the government banned in June that included the very popular TikTok. Following that, 47 apps which were ‘lite’ versions of the previously banned 59 apps were also banned.